Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Fall 2016 Data Tables

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Q24b. One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you personally believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance?

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you personally believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance? Low Engagement: just keep citizens informed 8% 4% 3% 6% 4%
Have citizens provide input 69% 64% 65% 60% 64%
Have citizens recommend decisions 18% 25% 28% 27% 25%
High engagement: Have citizens make decisions 2% 3% 3% 4% 3%
Don't Know 4% 4% 1% 3% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Category Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you personally believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance? Low Engagement: just keep citizens informed 4% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4%
Have citizens provide input 58% 67% 69% 66% 69% 64%
Have citizens recommend decisions 30% 23% 18% 25% 22% 25%
High engagement: Have citizens make decisions 4% 1% 3% 5% 3% 3%
Don't Know 4% 4% 5% 0% 1% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you personally believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance? Low Engagement: just keep citizens informed 3% 3% 4% 6% 5% 5% 4%
Have citizens provide input 60% 59% 65% 63% 66% 69% 64%
Have citizens recommend decisions 30% 32% 24% 25% 24% 20% 25%
High engagement: Have citizens make decisions 1% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
Don't Know 6% 2% 4% 3% 3% 2% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.